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« Thread started on: Dec 30th, 2004, 10:11am »

Chandra Levy vanished without a trace in May of 2001. It was later found she had been having an affair congressman, Gary Condit. Levy's remains would be found in a park in May of 2002. To date, there have been no arrests for Chandra's death, but many believe that Gary Condit had something to do with her murder.

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« Reply #1 on: Dec 30th, 2004, 10:12am »

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The skeletal remains of missing former Washington intern Chandra Levy were found in a park in northwest Washington on Wednesday, almost 13 months after she vanished without a trace.

Police Chief Charles Ramsey made the grim announcement about 6 p.m., after the remains found Wednesday morning in Washington's Rock Creek Park were identified through dental records. He said the investigation, previously treated as a missing person case, would now be treated as a death investigation.

"The medical examiner's investigation into the manner and cause of death is still pending," he said. "We have found quite a bit of the skeletal remains."

Levy, 24, was last seen in Washington on April 30, 2001.

Family spokeswoman Judy Smith described Levy's parents, Susan and Robert, and younger brother Adam as "very emotional" after they were informed by police that an identification had been made. The Levys live in Modesto, Califorinia.

"This is an extremely tough time for them. While certainly today's news, the death of their daughter, provides some resolution, it doesn't provide answers," she said. "Two parents have just received the most horrifying news that any parent can ever get."

Smith said that as the months went by, the Levys knew their chances of finding their daughter alive were remote. But they retained some hope right up until receiving Wednesday's phone call with the grim news of her identification, she said.

Plans for a memorial service have not yet been made, Smith said.

Family attorney Billy Martin said the Levys were in "a fragile emotional state" after the discovery and asked reporters to give them "time to compose themselves and time to deal with the death of their daughter, Chandra."

"The discovery of Chandra's body closes one chapter and brings some resolution to this ordeal," Martin said. "It does not, and I repeat, does not solve the mystery of what happened to Chandra."

Martin said he believed the case eventually would become a homicide investigation.

"This is an extremely tough time for them. While certainly today's news, the death of their daughter, provides some resolution, it doesn't provide answers."
— Judy Smith, Levy spokeswoman


Until Wednesday, Washington police treated Levy's disappearance as a missing persons case. Ramsey said the investigation would now be treated as a death investigation.

"The medical examiner's investigation into the manner and cause of death is still pending," he said.

Levy's case generated tremendous publicity because of her relationship with Rep. Gary Condit, D-California. Condit denied any involvement with Levy's disappearance. But the fallout destroyed his political career, and he was defeated in the Democratic primary in March.

House staffers said the congressman watched Ramsey's announcement on television in a cloakroom in the Capitol. His office later released a statement:

"Congressman Gary Condit and family want to express their heartfelt sorrow and condolences to the Levy family. The Levy family will remain in our prayers."

A source close to Condit said the congressman was "genuinely sad."


Ramsey announced the identification Wednesday, saying the Levy family had been notified.
"He, like everyone, hoped she'd be alive," the source said.

Ramsey said the parents learned the news through the media and he later spoke with them to confirm that the remains were those of their daughter.

Levy's remains were found in Rock Creek Park after a man searching for turtles in "a very inaccessible area" was alerted to the remains by his dog, Ramsey said. The park is not far from where Levy lived, and she was known to jog there.

Last summer, police conducted an extensive search of the park without finding Levy.

The park cuts through some of the city's more upscale neighborhoods and includes jogging and bicycle paths. Police said Levy had looked at a Web site that included information about the Klingle Mansion, an 1823 farmhouse now used as park offices, the day she disappeared.

Ramsey said it is too soon to know if Levy's body was there at the time, nor do investigators yet know whether she died at the scene or was killed elsewhere and placed in the park.

He also said it is too soon to know if the body was buried, although he said there was no indication of a grave.

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« Reply #2 on: Dec 30th, 2004, 10:16am »

NEW YORK - Gary Condit is ready to answer questions about his sexual history so he can pursue his slander case against a magazine writer who suggested the former congressman is hiding information about the death of intern Chandra Levy, his lawyer said Thursday.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Peter K. Leisure ordered Condit to disclose information about his sexual history and finances.

In 2002, Condit filed an $11 million lawsuit against Dominick Dunne, a special correspondent to Vanity Fair, saying Dunne's statements led millions of people to believe Condit was criminally involved in Levy's death.

After the 24-year-old U.S. Bureau of Prisons employee disappeared in 2001, Condit reportedly told police he had an affair with Levy but knew nothing of her disappearance. Her remains were discovered in a Washington, D.C., park in May 2002.

He is not considered a suspect in the homicide investigation. The then-California congressman was defeated in the March 2002 primary after months of negative publicity about the case.

Condit's lawyer L. Lin Wood said his client refused to answer questions at a deposition earlier this year but knew it was likely he would eventually have to disclose some information on the subjects.

Leisure ordered that a magistrate judge will be present when the questions are posed and barred questions that have no bearing on the outcome of the lawsuit.

Wood said the questions were meant to intimidate his client.

"He's not going to be intimidated," Wood said. "Gary Condit did not lie to police, the Levy family and to the public. The fact he made a decision not to discuss certain aspects of his life he believed were entitled to privacy both for him and third parties does not make him out to be a liar."

Lawyers for Dunne declined to comment Thursday.
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xx Condit Denies Romantic Affair With Chandra Levy
« Reply #3 on: Jan 13th, 2005, 07:08am »

Jan. 12 (AP) — Gary Condit denied in a sworn deposition that he had a romantic affair with slain intern Chandra Levy, insisting "we were friends," but offering few details of their relationship.
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The former California congressman was questioned in September as part of an $11 million lawsuit he filed in 2002 against Dominick Dunne, a special correspondent to Vanity Fair. Condit claims that Dunne's statements led millions of people to believe Condit was criminally involved in Levy's death.

Details of the deposition were reported Tuesday on a morning news program.

When asked to describe his relationship with Levy, Condit said, "We were friends."

He said "no" when asked if the relationship had "ever become romantic."

Levy, a 24-year-old U.S. Bureau of Prisons employee, disappeared in 2001; her remains were discovered in a Washington, D.C., park in May 2002.

Condit reportedly told police he had an affair with Levy but knew nothing of her disappearance. He is not considered a suspect in the homicide investigation. The then-California congressman was defeated in a March 2002 primary after months of negative publicity about the case.

The lawsuit was filed after Dunne made comments to several sources about Levy's disappearance.

On "ET Online" in January 2002, for example, Dunne was quoted as suggesting Levy was taken away by someone on a motorcycle as a favor to Condit. And on "Larry King Live" in February 2002, Dunne stated, "I believe firmly that he knows more than what he has ever said."

In his lawsuit, Condit said he had no involvement in the disappearance and death of Levy and no knowledge of how she was abducted and killed or who was responsible.

Lawyers for Dunne have argued in court papers that Condit's relationship with other women shows a pattern of behavior in which Condit required women to carry no identification when they met him. Levy was not carrying identification when she disappeared
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xx Dunne never heard of Condit, deposition reveals
« Reply #4 on: Jan 15th, 2005, 11:32pm »

Author Dominick Dunne had never heard of Gary Condit until Chandra Levy disappeared.

But it didn't take long for Dunne to scorn the California congressman who had won election to the House of Representatives seven times.

"I've had a low opinion of Gary Condit almost from the beginning of the disappearance of Chandra Levy," Dunne told Condit's attorney in a sometimes contentious deposition.

Asked to elaborate, Dunne cited the way Condit looked. Although the two men had never met, the New York-based author had repeatedly seen tape clips of the veteran congressman during cable television's ongoing coverage of the Levy mystery.

"I found him furtive in appearance," Dunne explained, according to a transcript of his deposition obtained by The Sacramento Bee. "I objected to the way he arrived at work, the house, carrying a coat over his shoulder, smiling for the cameras, when a girl, a young woman, whom he knew very well was missing."

How Dunne communicated his low opinion on national television and radio programs is now the focus of a high-profile defamation lawsuit filed by Condit. Condit seeks $11 million from the man he says ruined his reputation and undermined his ability to find work.

"When you're tainted by someone who calls you a murderer, and (claims) you had something to do with a kidnapping, people are apprehensive about taking you on board because there are political consequences to them," Condit said in his own deposition, taken last September.

Condit, noting that it is a "pretty brutal thing" to be accused of heinous crimes, complained that the stress aggravated his existing neck pain. He said he received five separate death threats.

Condit is now out of public office and splitting his time between Arizona and California, having lost his bid for re-election in 2002. He explained during his deposition that he joined with his son Chad and daughter Cadee in starting a company called ALI, although it hasn't yet caught on.

"I'm trying to do real estate development and purchase franchises from certain companies, which I have not been successful at yet, but hopefully I will be," Condit testified, citing ice cream companies as one example.

But with no outside income in either 2003 or 2004, Condit said he was living on his savings.

Condit's 30-year political career ended in the wake of Levy's disappearance. Levy, raised in Modesto, Calif., was last seen in Washington on April 30, 2001.

Her skeletal remains were found in Washington's Rock Creek Park in May 2002, with the intervening year packed with often sensational coverage of the case. Condit was often at the center of the coverage, and he has not denied published reports he told investigators he was sexually involved with Levy.

Police say he is not a suspect in the case, and Levy's murder remains unsolved.

Although Condit filed multiple libel lawsuits over Levy coverage, all others have been settled or dropped. None advanced as far as the discovery now taking place in the lawsuit against Dunne.

In his deposition, Dunne said he relied on other sources including a People magazine reporter and a private investigator who he believed incorrectly to be working for the FBI.

Condit, for his part, denied having a "romantic" relationship with Levy.

"When you say you were friends, did it ever become more than just friendship?" Dunne's attorney, Paul LiCalsi, asked Condit.

"No," Condit replied.

Asked to explain further, Condit said he probably spoke with Levy once a week on the telephone, or possibly more.

"It wasn't a romantic relationship," Condit said, elaborating that by romantic he meant a relationship of "unusual affection."

Several depositions have already been held in New York City's Essex House hotel. At times, Condit excoriated Dunne for his public statements, criticized newspapers including The Bee, denounced individual reporters by name, and dismissed some of the lawmakers he once served with, like Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

"Senator Feinstein fancies herself as lecturing everyone in the delegation," Condit said when asked about critical comments made by the senator. "She may take it upon herself to be the person who thinks she should tell people what to do."

Guided by his attorney, Condit also declined to answer a series of specific questions about whether he was sexually involved with Levy. On a judge's order, Condit must submit to a follow-up deposition within several weeks, where the intimate questions will again be asked.
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xx Condit seeks $11m from author in defamation suit
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WASHINGTON - Author Dominick Dunne had never heard of Gary Condit until Chandra Levy disappeared. But it didn't take long for Mr. Dunne to scorn the California congressman who had won election to the House of Representatives seven times.
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« Reply #6 on: Feb 4th, 2005, 07:41am »

Gary Condit Tapes
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(CBS) In early May of 2001, Chandra Levy, a 24-year-old intern for the Bureau of Prisons in Washington, D.C., went missing. Her body was found nearly a year later.

In the intervening months, Modesto, Calif. Congressman Gary Condit faced some tough questions after admitting he knew Levy. But Condit thinks some members of the media went too far, and he has sued. The Early Show correspondent Tracy Smith has the story.

Condit has filed an $11 million slander lawsuit against Vanity Fair writer and crime book author Dominick Dunne. As part of the legal process, both men were deposed on camera. Smith says, "We have both videotaped depositions, and I sat down with attorneys for both Dunne and Condit and, in an exclusive interview, with Condit's son, Chad."

"I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy," Chad Condit told Smith.

She says he's "still angry about watching his dad Gary's political career come to a scandalous end."

Chad Condit continued, "Having your dad dragged through the mud on Main Street, basically in front of everyone, has been a difficult thing to watch."

But now, Smith points out, Gary Condit is once again facing questions about his relationship with Levy.

In the deposition, when asked by Dunne lawyer Paul LiCalsi to describe his relationship with Levy in general terms, Condit replied, "We were friends. …It wasn't a romantic relationship."

LiCalsi pressed on, asking what Condit understands the words "'romantic relationship' to mean."

Condit replied, "One of unusual affection, where you pay attention to people and so on and so forth.

"Was there any physical intimacy of any kind in your relationship?" LiCalsi wanted to know.

"I instruct Mr. Condit not to answer the question," Condit's attorney, L. Lin Wood, interjected at that point.

It may not look like it, Smith observes, but this time, Condit's the one on the offensive.

More from the deposition tapes obtained by CBS News:

Dunne: "I have a low opinion of Gary Condit."

Question: "And how long have you had a low opinion of Gary Condit?"

Dunne: "I've had a low opinion of Gary Condit almost from the beginning of the disappearance of Chandra Levy."

Dunne, notes Smith, was one of the many members of the media who covered the story of the summer of 2001, when Levy left her Washington, D.C., apartment, and disappeared.

While police searched for clues, Smith recalls, the media scrounged for details about Levy's relationship with Condit, her hometown congressman.

At the time, on local TV, Condit said, "I am not going to share the details of my relationship with Chandra."

Investigators combed Condit's apartment and interviewed him at least four times, but he was never named a suspect. Still, polls showed he was losing the public relations war.

Condit lost his re-election bid in March 2002.

Two months later, Levy's body was found in a Washingon park.

The case is still unsolved.

Claiming he was defamed, Condit sued the owners of the National Enquirer. That case settled late last year. Now, he's going after Dunne.

During the deposition, Condit said, "Mr. Dunne sells himself as a court reporter, a mainstream press person," Condit has said. "He went on the air and called me a murderer, and said I had something to do with the kidnapping, that I plotted the kidnapping. That's what you said, Dominick."

The lawsuit, Smith reports, focuses on a theory Dunne discussed on radio and TV, told to him by a source he called "the horse whisperer." According to that source, Condit complained about Levy to some Middle Eastern contacts, so they kidnapped her, then threw her body out of a plane.

In the deposition, Dunne said he no longer believes this theory: "I just don't know that I have a theory now of what happened to her."

Condit attorney Wood then queried, "Well, it wasn't the horse whisperer story, was it?"

Dunne's reponse: "It sure wasn't."

Wood: "I mean, you acknowledge now that you got hoodwinked?"

Dunne: "I did."

Smith asked Wood how Condit was damaged. "How is anyone damaged in the terms of their reputation if they're falsely accused of murdering another individual?" Wood replied. "How do you measure that damage?

"Can you really pin that on Dominick Dunn, though?" Smith continued.

"Absolutely. Absolutely," answered Wood. "It's one thing to say, 'Well, could he have been involved?' It's an entirely different thing to accuse him of being involved in a crime. That's what Dominique Dunne did. And that's the reason he had to be sued: to be held accountable for those statements."

Dunne lawyer, LiCalsi, countered with, "I think if people and the jury will hear the actual interview with Dominick Dunne, it will be quite clear to them that Dominick Dunne didn't accuse Condit of anything."

Did Dunne call Condit a murderer?

Says LiCalsi: "Absolutely not... The radio show that Dominick was on when he made the statements that he's being sued for um – (the) subject being discussed, some leads that Dom had heard of some theories…of what might have happened…and in no way did it involve Condit murdering or being criminally involved with her disappearance."

So, what's a reputation worth?, Smith wonders. In this case, she observes, there may be a price tag.

"We believe that Condit is simply trying to shake down Dominick Dunne," LiCalsi says. "He's trying to make money from this scandal and still won't accept the responsibility for having destroyed his own reputation with his constituents and with the American people."

Smith asked Chad Condit if he can "understand why some people in the public think that your dad was less than truthful about his relationship with Chandra Levy?"

"Can I understand it because he didn't call a press conference or handle the PR decisions like they wanted him to?" replied Chad Condit. "I can understand them differing with him on his decisions. I can understand that, yeah. But I can't understand when somebody calls him a murderer. That goes beyond the line."

Next week, both Dunne and Gary Condit face more questions in depositions. This time, Smith points out, a judge has ordered Condit to answer at least some questions about the nature of his relationship with Chandra Levy.

Gary Condit has the right to ask the judge to seal his deposition. So we might not see it.
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« Reply #7 on: Feb 8th, 2005, 06:24am »

Article By: By CARL CAMPANILE
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February 8, 2005 -- Former California Congressman Gary Condit called in sick yesterday and skipped planned depositions where he was expected to be grilled about his relationship with slain intern Chandra Levy.
Condit requested an adjournment in the second round of questioning in New York as part of his defamation suit against crime author Dominick Dunne.

"He backed out at the last minute," said a source close to Dunne.

Condit lawyer Lin Wood said his client was too ill to travel and undergo questioning, and requested a rescheduling.

Condit is trying to clear his name over the mysterious 2001 death of Levy, a federal intern in Washington D.C. He claimed Dunne smeared him by linking him to the murder.

Dunne insists he did not say Condit killed Levy.

In an earlier sworn deposition, Condit insisted he did not have sexual relations with Levy.

"We were friends," Condit said.

Asked if the relationship was romantic in nature, Condit replied, "No."

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Condits cope with life after scandal
Four years since congressman's life tied up in Levy tragedy



CNN) -- Nearly four years removed from intense public scrutiny that rattled their family and captivated the nation, former Rep. Gary Condit, his wife and his children now have a life without politics, cameras and stinging accusations.

Condit had been active politically for 30 years, but he was not thrust into the national spotlight until 2001. Then the press focused not on his public service, but his relationship with Chandra Levy, a former federal Bureau of Prisons intern last seen alive on April 30 of that year.

As the story dragged on, the entire Condit family became a part of it. His wife Carolyn, through her lawyers, sued the The National Enquirer and threatened another lawsuit against NBC's "Law and Order" for allegedly linking her to Levy's disappearance.

Gary and Carolyn's two children, Chad and Cadee, emerged as their father's leading public defenders, speaking emphatically in support of their father and against his accusers.

"When folks start calling my dad a murderer or suggesting my mom and dad had something to do with the disappearance, that's too much, too far, unfair and it's wrong," Chad Condit said on "Larry King Live" in late August 2001.

Story rocks veteran politician
The son of a Baptist minister, Condit grew up in Oklahoma before moving with his family to Ceres, California, in the late 1960s. He soon threw himself into politics, serving as a Ceres city councilman, mayor and California state assemblyman all by the age of 35.

In 1989, he ran and won a special election and began the first of what would be seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. In Washington, Condit formed the Blue Dog Coalition with 20-plus other conservative Democrats. His political fortunes appeared to be riding high in spring 2001, as one of the pillars in the new administration's plan to build bipartisanship.

But everything changed in May of that year, when news broke of Levy's disappearance. While Condit -- 53 at the time -- publicly acknowledged only a friendship with Levy, 24, her family said that the two had a romantic relationship and police insisted Condit had told them that was the case.

Public opinion turned against Condit, who remained largely silent on the issue except for an interview with ABC's Connie Chung that was widely viewed as a public relations nightmare.

Critics accused him of being dishonest and hindering investigators, and Chandra's parents Susan and Robert Levy called Condit's behavior "suspicious."

"I feel like for some reason, internally, that as a mother that it's possible that my daughter would have graduated and she would be here with us for the summer" if she had not met Condit, Susan Levy told CNN's Larry King in August 2001.

In an August 2001 CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, 62 percent of respondents said Condit was "very" or "somewhat likely" to be involved in Levy's disappearance, 75 percent said he likely obstructed the Levy investigation, while more than three-quarters described him as "immoral" and "dishonest." The survey had a margin of effort of +/- 4 percentage points.

Children defend embattled father
While their father shunned the limelight after the Levy story broke, his two children -- Chad and Cadee Condit -- stepped up to defend him.

"People have made my dad out to be this demon," Cadee Condit told CNN's Larry King in early September 2001. "He is the most loving, caring, compassionate man I know. Anyone calls my dad a murderer, I'm going to come on your show and defend him."

Before the scandal, both Condit children were in politics, working under then-California Gov. Gray Davis. Chad Condit described Davis, who was later recalled from office and replaced by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, as a close friend of his father.

Chad, who had served four years in the U.S. Navy, represented the governor on educational, agricultural and other issues in Central Valley, a political battleground. The father of three boys, then 34, earned $110,000 a year.

Cadee, 25 at the time, oversaw day-to-day operations in Davis' private office, taking home $52,000 annually.

The siblings quit their jobs after the governor said he was "disheartened that Congressman Condit did not speak out more quickly or more fully."

In a statement, Chad and Cadee noted their father's "strong public support, endorsement and organizational efforts" during Davis' 1998 gubernatorial campaign.

"It's that kind of loyalty to friends that has been the hallmark of his career and is a standard we live up to," the siblings wrote. "Your statement did not or will not help find Chandra Levy, and contrary to your statement, Congressman Condit was fully forthcoming to law enforcement."

Political life winds down
After resigning, the Condit children worked for their father's political action committee -- initially named Keep California Golden and later Justice PAC, the California daily The Modesto Bee reported.

Donations to the committee, first created to boost Rep. Condit's statewide influence, dried up after the Levy scandal. Three-quarters of the PAC's funds -- $110,000 to Chad, $99,500 to Cadee -- went to the Condit children, who were classified as "campaign consultants" in public records, according to the Bee.

Gary Condit's political career ended, at least temporarily, in March 2002, when he lost a Democratic primary resoundingly to his former aide and then-California assemblyman Dennis Cardoza. Months later, Chad and Cadee lashed out at Cardoza.

"If this district elects Dennis Cardoza, it will elect someone who cares about one thing: Dennis Cardoza," the two wrote in an October 10, 2002, letter. "He is neither Democrat, Republican or independent, but an opportunist that would use anything to get elected."

Earlier in the year, in May, a man walking his dog spotted Levy's remains in Washington's Rock Creek Park. Her death was ruled a homicide. Gary Condit was never named a suspect in her murder, and no one has been arrested in connection with the case.

After leaving Capitol Hill, Gary Condit moved from his California home to Arizona, The Modesto Bee reported.

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« Reply #9 on: Feb 16th, 2005, 07:13am »

Condit's children give family update
Pair say father's dream dashed by Levy scandal
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Time has not healed the Condit family's pain.
Chad and Cadee Condit, appearing recently on national television, said their father continues to adjust to life after politics.

Gary Condit, a Democrat from Ceres, lost his bid for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in the March 2002 primary to former aide Dennis Cardoza.

The election came almost one year after Chandra Levy, a former Bureau of Prisons intern from Modesto, vanished, triggering widespread media attention and speculation about their relationship. Her body was found in a Washington, D.C., park on May 22, 2002.

"He's a survivor, but it crushed his dreams," Chad Condit said Friday on the CNN talk show "Larry King Live."

"I mean, he was in politics for 30 years, since he was 22 years old," he said. "But he's trying to bounce back and be a grandpa and do the things with Carolyn (his wife) that are good things, and move on with his life. My heart was broken. It's a heart-aching thing, to watch your folks go through it."

Chad and Cadee Condit also said they have gone into the ice cream business with their father. Reached by telephone Tuesday at their Baskin-Robbins outlet in Glendale, Ariz., Chad Condit repeated a vow not to talk to Modesto Bee reporters. He did take time to explain why he often refers to his father as "Gary."

"We were in the same business (politics) for a while. Sometimes I call him Gary and sometimes I call him Dad," he said.

On the Larry King show, the Condits said their father splits time between California and his Arizona home and that much of his focus is on trial preparations for an $11 million defamation lawsuit against author Dominick Dunne.

Cadee Condit said the family couldn't just let things go and get on with life.

"Innocent people fight back," she said. "Dominick Dunne crossed a line, just as the tabloids did. They called my dad a murderer, insinuating that he had something to do with the kidnapping of Chandra Levy. He's innocent. He didn't have anything to do with it, and Dominick needs to be held accountable for that."

The Condit children also reported that their mother was in good health and they were active with the Justice Political Action Committee, trying to extend the California deadline for filing libel lawsuits from one year to three years.

The children reaffirmed their contention that their father never had a romantic relationship with Levy and that there was nothing wrong with his conduct during the investigation.

"He did the responsible thing," Chad Condit said. "He contacted the FBI, contacted the Washington, D.C., Police Department to let them know that this girl was missing when the father contacted Gary. He didn't do anything criminal. He's never been charged with anything.

"If Chandra wouldn't have disappeared, he would have won the election, got his 80 percent."

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« Reply #10 on: Feb 26th, 2005, 12:45am »

Condit's reputation at issue
Ex-congressman claims author defamed him.
By Michael Doyle -- Bee Washington Bureau
Published 2:15 am PST Tuesday, February 22, 200


WASHINGTON - Gary Condit's reputation was on the line in late 2001 when the former congressman's re-election campaign commissioned a new survey.
Now his reputation is again on the line, though he no longer holds public office. As he pursues a defamation lawsuit against author Dominick Dunne, the potential $11 million question is when Condit's stature really soured.

Condit claims Dunne's public comments cost him dearly, up to and including the March 2002 Democratic primary election when Condit lost his job. Dunne's attorneys counter that Condit undermined his public standing through his own actions.

This dispute over who's responsible for a fluctuating reputation illustrates important lessons in libel. It revisits legal territory previously inhabited by characters like Elizabeth Taylor's former boyfriend and a dancer named Tiger Lil.

Most immediately, the dispute over Condit's evolving reputation could help determine not only who prevails in this case, but also how much money Dunne might owe if he loses. Consequently, Dunne's attorneys are vigorously tracking Condit's public standing in the wake of Chandra Levy's disappearance.

"Now, prior to and during your (2002) campaign, did you conduct any polls?" Dunne attorney Paul LiCalsi asked Condit during a deposition in September.

"No," Condit replied.

"No?" LiCalsi persisted.

"I don't do polls," Condit said, according to a transcript of the sworn deposition.

LiCalsi pressed Condit on whether he had consulted anyone else's polls.

Condit said he hadn't. Condit said he recalled doing only one poll, ever - probably in 1989.

But in fall 2001, public records show, Condit's congressional campaign did hire pollsters.

Condit's campaign paid $13,500 on Oct. 19, 2001, for a "voter survey" conducted by a Portland firm called Grove Quirk Insight, Federal Election Commission records show. Condit's campaign paid an additional $4,500 to the same firm Nov. 2.

Condit's attorney, L. Lin Wood, said Friday that a voter survey is not the same as a poll and would probably not be collecting the same kind of information.

At the time of the fall 2001 survey, Condit was facing considerable media scrutiny after Levy's disappearance.

Levy, a onetime Bureau of Prisons intern who was raised in Modesto, was last seen alive in Washington on April 30, 2001. Condit has not denied subsequent published reports that he ultimately told law enforcement officials he had a sexual relationship with her.

Levy's skeletal remains were discovered in Washington in May 2002.

Police say Condit is not a suspect, and no suspect has ever been publicly identified.

Nonetheless, in August 2001 a nationwide Gallup poll found that 62 percent of those surveyed believed Condit was directly involved in the disappearance. A nationwide NBC/Zogby poll that same month found that 93 percent said they believed Condit worried more about his own political career than about Levy.

Wood called the polls "a snapshot" that can't really capture the totality of a man's reputation. He noted there's a difference between suggestions of, say, sexual indiscretion and being accused of complicity in a crime.

In December 2001, Dunne discussed the Levy disappearance on the "Laura Ingram Show." He floated a scenario in which Condit was somehow linked to Levy's disappearance, citing as sources a "procurer" and an animal trainer he dubbed "the horse whisperer."

"According to what the procurer told the horse whisperer, who told me, Gary Condit was often a guest at some of the Middle Eastern embassies in Washington where all the ladies were, and he had let it be known that he was in a relationship that was over, but she was a clinger," Dunne said. "He couldn't get rid of her."

Condit sued, citing these and other public statements. None of the myriad tabloid allegations, Condit claims, hurt him as much those floated by an established writer like Dunne.

Because Condit is a public figure, he must show Dunne either knowingly lied or acted with "reckless disregard" for whether his statements were true. This is why Wood is zeroing in on what Dunne himself now concedes to be fundamental flaws in the secondhand horse whisperer's yarn.

"You now acknowledge you got hoodwinked?" Wood asked during Dunne's September deposition.

"I did," Dunne replied.

"That story was bogus, true?" Wood asked.

"Brilliantly bogus, but bogus," Dunne conceded.

Even before Dunne ever appeared on the "Laura Ingram Show," he acknowledged that he had concluded the horse whisperer was "a (expletive) liar" on at least one point.

"And that is when you first began to doubt the truth of what he told you, right?" Wood asked.

"Yeah, yeah," Dunne said.

Dunne agreed the lie gave him reason to suspect the horse whisperer had lied about other parts of the story as well. Nonetheless, he later relayed the horse whisperer's yarn on Ingram's national radio program.

"I think Gary has a very strong case that this was actual malice," Wood said.

If Dunne's reportage is indeed deemed tantamount to reckless disregard, he might bounce back several ways. Sometimes, libel defendants prevail by showing the plaintiffs already had a reputation impervious to further harm. This is called being libel-proof.

In the mid-1970s, for instance, used-car dealer Henry Wynberg sued the National Enquirer over stories that he had exploited for commercial gain his fling with actress Elizabeth Taylor. Wynberg lost, after the federal judge noted he had a prior criminal record and a "reputation for taking advantage of women generally."

"There comes a time when the individual's reputation is sufficiently low in the public's estimation that he can only recover nominal damages for subsequent defamation statements," U.S. District Judge Albert Lee Stephens Jr. reasoned.

Judges have clarified that only an "exceptional" character like a reputed mobster may be entirely libel-proof. Lucy Dalglish, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, added that it's "rarely successful" as a complete libel defense.

However, a plaintiff's reputation could still be deemed low enough to reduce any dollar award.

"Condit certainly suffered adverse effects to his reputation from his own conduct," said Abraham Sofaer, a fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution and a former federal judge who oversaw Israeli leader Ariel Sharon's unsuccessful $50 million libel suit against Time magazine. "I believe this could rarely, if ever, be used to dismiss claims, but could frequently be used to mitigate damages."

In the early 1960s, for instance, the Saturday Evening Post published "They Call Me Tiger Lil." The article investigated "an itinerant dancer who has been kicking her way through chorus lines since the age of 14," a whiskey-swilling woman, the article said, who "would go to the ladies room, and on the way she would end up in some brawl."

The woman sued, but a judge subsequently reduced the damage award as being "grossly excessive" since the woman's "reputation was (already) substantially tarnished" by her own actions.

Dunne's attorneys maintain they can win altogether. But if they don't, they are still hoping to save their client money and grief by hammering home the same point made by Tiger Lil's judge.

"Condit, if he had planned to, could not have systematically destroyed his own reputation better," LiCalsi said on Fox News Channel.
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« Reply #11 on: Mar 15th, 2005, 06:52am »

Condit settles suit with author Dunne over intern death
The former congressman receives an apology and undisclosed sum.
By Michael Doyle
Modesto Bee



WASHINGTON -- Former congressman Gary Condit on Monday quietly settled his $11 million defamation lawsuit against author Dominick Dunne, just as the lawsuit was entering a crucial and potentially embarrassing phase.

With the settlement, Condit secured an apology, the payment of an undisclosed sum and, not least, the freedom from further intimate questions about his friendship with the late intern Chandra Levy.



"I did not say or intend to imply that Mr. Condit was complicit in her disappearance, and to the extent my comments may have been misinterpreted, I apologize for them," Dunne said in a brief prepared statement.

Condit declared that he accepted Dunne's apology.

A one-time Bureau of Prisons intern who was raised in Modesto, Levy was last seen alive on April 30, 2001. Her murder has never been solved, and police have not identified any suspects.

Condit described Levy in public as a "good friend" and has not denied published accounts that he told investigators he had a sexual relationship with the younger woman.

The lawsuit's settlement Monday coincided almost exactly with the scheduled start of a deposition that was going to press Condit for more details about that relationship.

Previous depositions in this case have become public, and this one would almost certainly not have stayed secret for long.

"In a case like this, this is exactly what I would have expected," said Lucy Dalglish, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. "My guess is that each side had information, or thought they would get information, that the other side didn't want to get out."

In bringing the lawsuit to an end, Dunne specifically renounced a story he had told on the nationally broadcast "Laura Ingraham Show" in December 2001.

Dunne said a source told him Condit had "created the environment that led to (Levy's) disappearance," through complaints that Levy was a "clinger" that the then-congressman "couldn't get rid of." Dunne cited the source as indicating Levy had been kidnapped and dropped into the Atlantic Ocean.
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« Reply #12 on: Mar 16th, 2005, 05:04am »

Former Rep. Gary Condit has settled his $11 million defamation lawsuit against writer Dominick Dunne, accepting an undisclosed amount of money and an apology for claims the writer made about Condit's role in the disappearance of intern Chandra Levy.

In a statement released from Condit lawyer Lin Wood on Tuesday, Dunne said he did "not say or intend to imply that Mr. Condit was complicit in her disappearance, and to the extent my comment may have been misinterpreted, I apologize for them."

"I accept Mr. Dunne's apology and am pleased that this action has been amicably resolved," Condit said in the statement.

Dunne specifically renounced a story he made on radio's "Laura Ingraham Show" in December 2001 in which Dunne said a man told him Condit frequented Middle Eastern embassy sex parties. Dunne had also made comments in TV interviews that he believed Condit knew more about Levy's disappearance than he was telling authorities.

Condit argued the statements led millions of people to believe he was criminally involved in Levy's death, and contributed to his loss in a March 2002 primary election. Condit has denied any involvement or knowledge of Levy's May 2001 disappearance, or her death. Her body was found in a Washington, D.C., park in May 2002.

"I am delighted that the suit has been settled," Dunne said in a separate statement e-mailed Tuesday by his agent, Owen Laster.

Condit reportedly told police he had an affair with Levy, but in a sworn deposition in the defamation case, he denied being romantically involved with the intern and insisted "we were friends."
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« Reply #13 on: Apr 14th, 2005, 08:27am »

Thinking of Chandra today. Hoping that answers can be found for whoever is responsible for her disappearance and death. I think justice is about to be the horizon for those who think they're above the law.

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« Reply #14 on: Apr 30th, 2005, 11:04pm »

Democrat Admits To Embezzlement

Roger Chiang, 33, who was the outreach director for the committee, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of mail fraud and faces as much as 20 years in prison.

From August to early October, Chiang pocketed $360,475 in checks made out to the committee, according to prosecutors. The checks were then deposited by mail into an account he had set up at an Internet bank in the name of a nonexistent company with the same initials as the committee, DSCC.


Once a promising young figure in the Democratic Party, Chiang suffered through the death of his sister, and his attorney said yesterday that the very public loss of Chiang's sibling might have played a role in his downfall.

Joyce Chiang, 28, a government immigration lawyer, disappeared in January 1999 after being dropped off near her Dupont Circle apartment. Her body washed up along the Potomac three months later, too decomposed to determine a cause of death, and her brother waged a campaign to pressure police to figure out what had happened to her.


Though the paper doesn't mention it, her name was linked to the Chandra Levy murder investigation because both women shared several common characteristics in their phyiscal appearance, their methods of disappearance, and connections to Gary Condit.

Somehow, it is easier to imagine a violent crime being spurred by such an event, rather than the very deliberate embezzlement of money. But alas, these are Democrats we're talking about. Who the heck knows what goes on in their twisted brains.

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